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Apr 17, 2014

Book Review: Finding My Way by Heidi McLaughlin

Title: Finding My Way (Beaumont, #4)
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Publisher: Self
Release date: April 14, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Liam Westbury has the world at his feet. He’s the quintessential golden boy. He’s the superstar quarterback for Beaumont High. His girl, Josie, is head cheerleader. He has his choice of colleges just waiting for him. Except he’s suffocating from all the pressure he’s under and no one understands.

Liam Page is the heartthrob he never wanted to be. He’s successful, smart and in demand by record companies and his adoring fans. Music is his passion, his love, but something’s missing. His nights are lonely and he longs for the girl he left behind. Seeing her in every face in the crowd haunts him with the knowledge that she hates him. Going home has never been an option until now.

Be there when Liam Westbury becomes Liam Page and follow the highs and lows of the Quarterback turned Rockstar as he finds a way back to Beaumont in this prequel to Forever My Girl.
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My $0.02

Heidi McLaughlin’s Beaumont series has always been a huge favorite of mine. All the books in the series have blown me away and each time, I couldn’t stop wanting more and more. The same thing happened with Finding My Way; I would love a prequel story for Harrison and JD. McLaughlin’s storytelling and her way with words never cease to amaze me. It’s mad genius and every time after I finish one of her books, I’m left in a daze, just reveling in her awesomeness.

Finding My Way sheds a whole new light on Liam. Right after I finished FMW, I opened up Forever My Girl (to refresh my mind a bit) and it was like seeing everything with a whole new pair of eyes. In FMW, you really come to understand Liam. His life, his parents, his friends, Josie, football... you grasp what they all mean to him. For the first half of the book, I felt for him so hard. Numerous times, I wanted him to just say what he wanted to say or to just do what he wanted to do, yet I knew why it was hard for him. I understood the pressure he was under from his dad, the absence of his mother, the pressure of being the town’s golden boy, the pressure of not letting Mason down, the pressure of being the perfect boyfriend to Josie. I felt the weight on his shoulders like a shit-ton of bricks that wanted to pound him into the ground.

For the second half of the book, I became so frustrated with him but I couldn’t blame him either, because I got it. I understood what pushed him to that point. I felt, in a way, like he was rebelling against everything he knew in Beaumont. The thing that pained me the most was his getting into bed with other girls. It shouldn’t have surprised or shocked me as much as it did because I read FMG and I knew it happened, so I should have seen it coming but hearing it and seeing it are two totally different things. Actually, it wasn’t the act itself that pained me; it was the fact that while he was doing… it, I knew what was going on with Josie. The thought in my head was: how could you?! But again, I got him. I didn’t like it but it helped me understand his head space.

Remember when I said I couldn’t stop wanting more? Well, if it was possible, I would totally have McLaughlin write FMW all from Josie’s point of view. Okay, maybe not all of it but the important scenes between her and Liam. Throughout FMW, I felt like Josie couldn’t or didn’t understand him, like at all, but then, he didn’t give her much to grasp... argh! Frustration, I’m telling you! I almost feel like Romeo and Juliet... not the whole tragedy thing but the timing. If he would have just opened up to her more and trust in their love and relationship or if she took his little clues and was more responsive to them, things would have worked out better. Or maybe not but... it just makes me sad for them on all the time they missed together.

Finding My Way was introspective and revealing and conflicting and heartbreaking but more so than all the above, it was understandable. Liam became understandable… not that he wasn’t in FMG but it helped me understand why he was where he was in the opening of FMG. I loved FMW and after finishing it, I almost feel like I want to re-read FMG because they seriously go hand in hand, almost interchangeably (you can read FMG first or FMW... you wouldn’t be lost or confused for a second)! Heidi McLaughlin has always and will always be a huge favorite of mine and I’m not sure where the Beaumont series is headed, if this is the last book or not, but whatever comes next, I will definitely be one-clicking!

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